Travel + Leisure's Best City In The World: Charleston, SC

Our friends at Travel + Leisure named the best city in the world – and we're not surprised that they chose beautiful Charleston, South Carolina. These are the can’t-miss spots and sites one of our favorite historic cities.


How does a quiet, antebellum town in the American south earn the title of the best city in the world? Start your day off with an easy walk up King Street, a three-mile shopping promenade that's known for chic boutiques and antique shops. You'll need to ring a bell to access Croghan's, a century-old jewel box of antique lockets and estate diamond brooches. [MUSIC] All that shopping probably worked up an appetite. Fortunately, you reserved a table weeks ago at Husk, one of the hottest restaurants below the Mason-Dixon line. Local chef superstar, Sean Brock, serves refined Southern fare inside this 19th century estate. Brock put pork everything on the menu, including bacon cornbread slathered in salty pork butter and fried pork skins. [MUSIC] At the bar next door, bourbon aficionados will love the views from the second story veranda as much as the cocktails. [MUSIC] Exhausted? The Spectator, one of 2016's world's best new hotels in the country is only a ten minute walk away. This 41-room boutique property transports visitors back to the Roaring 20s. You'll feel like Gatsby in the black and white hotel, where every guest gets his or her own butler and is greeted with a gratis drink. At the bar, which draws inspiration from 1920s speakeasy's, you should order their Fizz Gerald. [BLANK_AUDIO] Visit rightly named Rainbow Row, a cluster of Georgian style homes dating back to 1740. [BLANK_AUDIO] [MUSIC] See a different side of Charleston by taking the ferry to Sullivan's Island. Water taxis depart for the islands every half hour. [MUSIC] Our favorite stop is Sullivan's Island, the waters are calm and it's less touristy than [UNKNOWN] Beach. [MUSIC] It's easy to pass a day lounging on the island's 3.3 mile stretch of beach. And that's how Charleston, became travel and leisure. 2016 World's Best City. [MUSIC]
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